Definition of satinwood in US English:



  • 1Glossy yellowish timber from a tropical tree, valued for cabinetwork.

    • ‘Such were his powers of persuasion he talked her into accepting €900 for an eighteenth century library table, two satinwood chairs and some porcelain.’
    • ‘This is a Federal-period game table by Robert G. Stevenson of mahogany, primavera, satinwood, ebony, holly, and pine.’
    • ‘The latter is composed of two major blocks, a horizontal one lacquered white, juxtaposed with a more vertical unit made of Madagascar ebony with satinwood and maple interiors.’
    • ‘The base is made of rippled walnut and amboyna, inset with marquetry of acanthus in satinwood (sand-burnt for three-dimensional effect), which was done by a Welsh firm, Anita Marquetry.’
    • ‘The front interior is in satinwood, and the name-board is inscribed John Broadwood and Sons.’
    • ‘The table tops, segmented in satinwood and mahogany, are from the same cut of veneer.’
    • ‘Typical of the kind of piece now in demand is a fine Edwardian satinwood display cabinet.’
    • ‘And incredibly, the tapered, figured satinwood panels on the legs are enclosed by dark and light stringing, which tapers as it moves down the leg.’
    • ‘The fever also extended to 19th century pieces with the sale of a pair of satinwood demi-lune folding tables for €24,000.’
    • ‘The inlaid satinwood panels in the stiles of the legs relate to work from Charleston, perhaps indicating the northern movement of a cabinetmaker from Charleston to an area settled by northeastern North Carolinians.’
    • ‘The inlaid mahogany and satinwood pembroke table, a fine example of the Philadelphia interpretation of this form, dates from about 1795 to 1810.’
    • ‘It also features a combination of Brazilian rosewood and Ceylon satinwood veneers.’
    • ‘Below it, a mid-nineteenth-century parian group, The Three Graces, stands on an extremely fine mahogany and curly satinwood card table.’
    • ‘At the right is a mahogany card table, also New York City, about 1820 to 1825, the satinwood veneered ovolo corners of which place it outside the ordinary.’
    • ‘On the table are an English mahogany and satinwood tea caddy of about 1805 and an argand lamp of 1830 to 1835 labeled by Thomas Messenger and Sons of London and Birmingham.’
    • ‘Also likely to attract keen bidding is a six-piece satinwood and marquetry bedroom suite very similar to those made by Heal's in the early years of the 20th century.’
    • ‘The table on the right is a subtle composition of contrasting curly satinwood panels with mahogany cross-banding and patterned inlay.’
    • ‘The lower portions of the bookcase doors have panels of crotch mahogany set within cross-grained and mitred satinwood surrounds.’
  • 2The tropical hardwood tree that produces satinwood.

    Two species in the family Rutaceae: Ceylon satinwood (Chloroxylon swietenia), native to India and Sri Lanka, and West Indian (or Jamaican) satinwood (Zanthoxylum flava), native to the Caribbean, Bermuda, and southern Florida

    1. 2.1 Used in names of trees which yield high-quality timber resembling satinwood, e.g. Nigerian satinwood.